News: Nursing Practice

Have you joined the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge?

The HNHN Grand Challenge is an American Nurses Association initiative to connect and engage nurses, employers and organizations around improving health in five areas: physical activity, nutrition, rest, quality of life and safety. You can join now and jump in with the Do It In 10 Days! Hydration Challenge!, which aims to help you improve your hydration.

Preventing Opioid Abuse: The Role of the Nurse

Opioids have become a leading cause of unintentional injury death in Washington, even more than motor vehicle accidents or firearm fatalities, according to 2016 state data. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that overdose deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999. Nurses can play an important role in reducing these deaths, as well as addiction problems, through their assessments and monitoring of patients.

In memoriam: ​Betty M. Anderson, RN, BSN, M.Ed.

Betty M. Anderson, one of the founders of the Washington State University College of Nursing and one of the first inductees into the Washington State Nurses Hall of Fame, died August 13, 2017 at the age of 99.

Volunteer opportunities for nurses in August

Special Olympics Washington is looking for Health Promotion volunteers August 19 and 20, and Camp Kesem University of Washington is looking for camp nurses for the week of August 20-25.

Opioids workshops announced

The State of Washington has recently addressed the ongoing problem with prescription opioids through two recent actions: the signing of Executive Order 16-09 and the passing of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427 and its subsequent signing into law. Included in these actions are a series of seven workshops held around the state to create prescribing rules as well as rules on PMP reporting and metrics.

How healthy and safe is your workplace?

Have you ever experienced a violent incident or assault at work? Is needed personal protective equipment (PPE) readily accessible? Is lift equipment for safe patient handling available on each acute care unit? WSNA’s Health and Safety Survey is a critical first step in making your workplace safer and healthier.